George Loftus Noyes, American, (1864-1954).
Devoting his career to painting views of the countryside around Boston, the North Shore and the White Mountains,
George Loftus Noyes reached the height of his career in the early part of the 20th century. Noyes was one of
the most highly respected landscape painters in Boston at that time, known for his "en plein air" method.
George Loftus Noyes is regarded today as one of the finest Impressionists of the Boston School, notable for his
ability to capture and render sunlight and its effects on the tone and color of landscapes and water.
In addition to his lovely impressionistic landscapes, Noyes also produced a number of still lifes during his career,
of which this painting is a wonderful example. Exuberant broken brushwork and a lively palette contribute to produce
an honest and believable floral arrangement anchored by a colorful bowl of fruit atop a complementary table scarf.
The inspiration for many of George Noyes' still life paintings was his own home, where he also had a small studio,
on Chestnut Street in the Beacon Hill section of Boston.
Born in Bothwell, Ontario, Noyes was the son of U.S. citizens who had moved to Canada to search for oil. When the
father died, leaving three young sons, the mother moved her family to East Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she
ran a boarding house. George Noyes began painting at age 15 and took lessons from George Bartlett, an English
artist and educator at the Massachusetts Normal School. By 1885, Noyes was working for the New England Glass
Company in Cambridge, painting fruit and flower pictures on glass. In 1890, he enrolled in Paris at the ateliers
of Gustave Courtois, Joseph-Paul Blanc, and Paul-Louis Delance. In 1891, George Noyes began painting "en plein air",
when he went to the French countryside with fellow students, and a year later his work was accepted into the
French Salon, beginning his career as a professional artist.
In 1892, Noyes returned to Boston where he established his studio and exhibited regularly with the Boston Art Club
and the Boston Society of Water Color Painters, dividing his time between his studio at the Fenway Studios, Boston, MA
and Annisquam. George Noyes traveled all over New England for subject matter, and in 1898 began painting and
traveling with Frederic Edwin Church, including a trip to Mexico. In 1900, Noyes began teaching a summer class at
Annisquam, MA, and one of his first students was N.C. Wyeth. George Noyes also began 3 years of teaching summer
classes at Stanford University and lost many possessions in the earthquake of 1906.
George Noyes was a member of the Boston Art Club, the Boston Society of Watercolor Painters, the Boston Guild of
Artists, and the North Shore Art Association, he exhibited extensively, at those venues as well as at the Pennsylvania
Academy of the Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, the St. Botolphe Club, the Pan-Pacific Expo in 1915,
Corcoran Galleries, and Vose Galleries.
Credit: Falk; Who Was Who in American Art
Davies; Artists of Cape Ann
On exhibit: "Floral Bouquet with Fruit",
Signed G. L. Noyes, lower left.
Oil on Canvas. 25" x 30"